- a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thicknesses in order to prevent the filling from shifting.
- anything quilted or resembling a quilt.
- a bedspread or counterpane, especially a thick one.
- Obsolete. a mattress.
- to stitch together (two pieces of cloth and a soft interlining), usually in an ornamental pattern.
- to sew up between pieces of material.
- to pad or line with material.
- to make quilts or quilted work.
Origin of quilt
Related Words for quiltcomforter, bedspread, blanket, patchwork, cover, down, pad, puff, coverlet, counterpane, duvet, eiderdown, pouf, batt
Examples from the Web for quilt
Contemporary Examples of quilt
One quilt expert weighed his opinions about the installation.Infinite Variety: The Quilt Show's Catch-22
March 29, 2011
When my mother threatened to give away my baby clothes, I cut them up and made my sister a quilt for her birthday.How to Write a Winning Ivy League Essay
October 25, 2009
With this flurry of sewing and stuffing, perhaps the 2012 candidates will now know to pursue the quilt vote.Quilts for Obama
May 16, 2009
Historical Examples of quilt
Pinckney didn't punch the mattress or turn up his nose at the quilt patterns.Shorty McCabe
"Give her another blanket or quilt, then," said her husband.The Carpenter's Daughter
Anna Bartlett Warner
Quilt and cushions were pushed into a corner for later airing.The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
She put the orphan at the foot of the bunk, drew the quilt over it and set to work.The Wrong Woman
Charles D. Stewart
She opened the lid of her chest and brought out a quilt, then another, and another.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
- a thick warm cover for a bed, consisting of a soft filling sewn between two layers of material, usually with crisscross seams
- a bedspread or counterpane
- anything quilted or resembling a quilt
- to stitch together (two pieces of fabric) with (a thick padding or lining) between themto quilt cotton and wool
- to create (a garment, covering, etc) in this way
- to pad with material
- Australian informal to strike; clout
Word Origin for quilt
c.1300, "mattress with soft lining," from Anglo-French quilte, Old French cuilte, coute "quilt, mattress" (12c.), from Latin culcita "mattress, bolster," of unknown origin. Sense of "thick outer bed covering" is first recorded 1590s.